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Old Feb 11, 2005, 5:28 PM   #1
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I got my 8800 in December.

I have been using it in the house and around the office but every day I take it outside I have not been able to get many focused shots.

I have tried auto focus and distant with the mountain icon.

I shot this picture today this plane was going slow.

Over fifty feet away. f6.6, 1/125, ISO 50 at 89mm.

The image looks out of focus to meor is itmotion blur.

I cropped this image close to the plane nothing but blue behind it.

And reduced size to 50%

I am wondering what the problem is.

Maybe I should go to IOS 100 or 200 on these type of shots.

Then I can get a quicker shutter speed.

I should have tried that today. 3/21

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Ok So I wasnt using My camera Correctly Back in Feb.

Now I have had some time to get used to it. I think it is a great camera.

I shot this new picture today.



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Old Feb 12, 2005, 2:06 PM   #2
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When Landscape mode is used the focus is set to infinity so you logically might expect a subject over 50 feet away to be in focus. 89mm is not that long a focal length but perhaps 1/125 sec is a tad slow especially is VR is switched off.

I suggest that you start offusing less demanding subjects i.e. static using Auto mode & making sure that Auto Focus is selected.

I've taken your shot and applied Focus Magic (not much effect) and Unsharp Mask and changed the histogram to bring out a bit of detail in the fuselage of the 'plane - this possibly makes it look a bit sharper.
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Old Feb 12, 2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Catbells

I think you are correct in the speed problem with a plane.

I tried the same type of landsacpe setting with this tree and found it was more in focus.

I am uncomfortable with the full automatic focus of the 8800 and I always think that is the problem. I really like the camera but wish I had more focus control as with a DSLR, but do not want a DSLR.

This is a cropped image full size but reduced in quality to 74% to reduce file size.

I might still be looking for more sharpness than a digital for 1000.00 can deliver.

Print looks good at 8.5 by 11 though maybe its my monitor.

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Old Feb 21, 2005, 10:00 PM   #4
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The tree pic is more in focus, but definitely not sharp.
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 10:10 PM   #5
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I just ran it through the unsharp mask a bit and also noise filter.
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 8:33 AM   #6
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I do not think that should need to be done to get just a clear picture.

If I do not start getting some in focus images soon I am selling this camera.
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 9:38 AM   #7
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Before selling it wouldn't it be worth checking if you can actually get ANY in focus images using infinity? I've taken hundreds of shots with it and the only things that were out of focus were inches away from the lens. The rest of the image, distant objects, has been clear and sharp.
If you don't get any in focus images soon, I suggest you get the camera replaced...
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 12:05 PM   #8
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I bought my CP8800 on Friday of last week & it went back to shop the very next Sunday. Why, because it would not focus on infinity with INFINITY LOCK selected.

May I suggest that Capt of Kokomocheck to make sure that the FOCUS MODE button on the left side of the camera is set with NO ICON visible in the viewfinder.

Neither theLANDSCAPE (INFINITY LOCK) or MACRO (CLOSE UP) symbols should be present.

Provided the camera is then set to AUTO or P (PROGRAM) the camera should be able to focus.

If it still doesn't, DON'T hesitate return the camera as defective & get a refund or if your feeling brave enough, a replacement.
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 9:51 PM   #9
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Thanks again Catbells,



I hope to get out tomorrow and do a little more testing.

I am going to try on full auto and P .

What was the outcome of the return to the shop?
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